The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says not less than 1,900,000 candidates will sit for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The exam starts today Saturday, March 14th 2020, and will be written across 600 Computer-Based Test centres nationwide.

JAMB states that arrangements have been made to provide hand gloves and hand sanitizers for candidates writing and JAMB officials on ground.

Wow! 1.9 million registered candidates is the highest record so far in JAMB’s history.

The 2020 UTME will last till Saturday, 4th April 2020.

According to Punch newspaper, JAMB has deployed operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) to CBT centres to monitor activities within each hall through the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV).

However, in the board’s weekly bulletin, it is stated that 63 centres will not be participating in the 2020 UTME due to various infractions, adding that 16 of them were suspended after the February 18th mock examination.

The board also stated that;

“Determined to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the board has taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic. The Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, at an emergency meeting with the directors underscored the need to be proactive in tackling the menace.

“Members of staff are advised to get face masks and hand sanitizers. He hinted that arrangements had been made to provide staff taking part in the 2020 UTME with hand gloves and hand sanitizers for use in their centres. The registrar also advised them to shun acts that would expose them to health hazards.”

The 2020 UTME edition records the highest number of registered candidates in JAMB history.

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